Books by the Banks celebrates 10 years of reading and writing with 10 pre-festival events

Books by the Banks, Cincinnati’s annual regional book festival, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with 10 pre-festival events. The day-long event is Oct. 15 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
Books by the Banks was founded with the intent to entertain and enrich the lives of Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky residents by promoting authors, and celebrating reading and writing.
"For 10 years, Books by the Banks has brought blockbuster literary names to the region, and we are delighted to be able to grow the festival to include lead-up programming throughout the year," says Cari Hillman, co-chair of the marketing team for Books by the Banks.
Some of the pre-festival events during the summer and early fall include a writing contest for teenagers and adults; writing programs with Women Writing for (a) Change, the University of Cincinnati and WordPlay; panel discussions; and book giveaways.
More than 100 national, regional and local authors and illustrators are expected to be at Books by the Banks, which is free and open to the public. Attendees can enjoy book signings, panel discussions and family-friendly activities.
“Our mission is to enrich the lives of people in the area through reading and writing, and we’re taking that joy and excitement beyond our annual festival,” says Greg Edwards, president of Books by the Banks. “Expect to see Books by the Banks out in the community at a variety of events all year long.”
Do Good: 

•    Take a look at the full lineup of pre-festival events.

•    Meet some of your favorite authors and buy a few new books. Mark your calendars for Books by the Banks, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 15, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown. Admission is free. 

•    Become a Book Festival Friend and donate to help support the annual festival.
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